BUSUANGA, Palawan – Last 24-29 July 2014, the Philippines’ leading seagrass scientist, Miguel D. Fortes, visited Busuanga as a possible project site for the Seagrass Bioshield Project (SBP).
As part of the trip agenda, C3 Philippines together with the SBP team also facilitated a major stakeholder’s discussion on critical seagrass habitats in Busuanga on the 25th of July at the Legislative Building of the Busuanga LGU Complex. Mr. Fortes’ team is also advocating the use of science and research data in making informed decisions about policy in the municipality. Major decision-makers were in attendance in this discussion, and was well attended by the Municipal Vice Mayor, Municipal Agriculture Officer, Busuanga Local Police Chief, several Sangguniang Bayan Members, Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer, Municipal Tourism Officer, representative from the Department of Education, representative of the Women’s Association in Busuanga and several Board Members from the Environmentally Critical Areas Network (ECAN) Board.
A dugong-awareness activity was also conducted during the trip in Calauit, which is now claimed as an ancestral domain by the Tagbanua indigenous group in the area.
Exploratory seagrass assessments were conducted in Brgys. Buluang, New Quezon and Cheey, with more extensive assessments to be conducted in the last quarter of 2014.